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A Great new Book revives a Long series.... 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
I just finished reading "A gathering Storm" co authored by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. It was scheduled to be the final book in the wheel of time series but as these things seem to go for this series it is one of the final 3 books. Now to be fair I have been an avid fan. Many fans often criticized the author Jordan that he elaborated on to many mundane things like clothes etc. However I thought it was just his style. The first 3 books were very Tolkienesque and if you have not read them they are HIGHLY recommended. The next 3 broke away from the Tolkien genre and established the series as uniquely in depth. Many fans argue which were better 1-3 or 4-6. Then something happened and the series took a turn. Books 7, 8, 9, and 10 were slow. It was not that they were slow to read I tore through them, they were slow in fantasy terms. Jordan took a risk and introduced the daily world to us. Hundreds of new names and faces were introduced and exited from teh series. Mundane thoughts and discussions dominated teh books. Through it all several BIG events took place to drive the book to the epic series finally. One thing to note, as much as everyone complained books 8-11 all hit #1 on the NYTimes best seller list and stayed on for weeks. Book 11 is often praised for something finally happening as several major plots concluded. I did not know what to expect for book 12. Sanderson was asked to take over to convert Jordan's unfinished book and notes into the final story. This was the first volume of that final story. All I can say was that it was Fantastic. There was a dark moment, so dark, so well written, that I had to get up from my chair and put the book down. I was envisioning myself in the person's position and imagining what it felt like to go through the situation and make the decision that the character made. It was dark. Very dark. It spooked me more than anyother book passage I have read. I am rambling now so I will leave it as, Book 12 is great! Sanderson did a fine job of using Jordan's style. THe book moves fast and brings to the end just about every side plot but one or two in preparation for the series finally. I can not wait. If you are looking for some good reading the next year check the series out of your local library. Most libraries have 1-8 or so, and then beg, borrow, steal or purchase the final few books to read. Good series.

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#37042
A Great new Book revives a Long series.... 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
I felt like that about the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind....that there were dark passages with hard choices....

The TV series is also good.

Thanks for the review.
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A Great new Book revives a Long series.... 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Thanks for that Shadox. I'm a fan, but haven't picked up the last few. Glad to see the new guy tells a good story. I might have to start the series over; it's been forever since I read them.
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A Great new Book revives a Long series.... 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Shadox

Thanks for the review. I just checked - seems I gave up after book 9. Yes - 7, 8 and 9 somehow where slow. I lost the exitement to wait for the next book for something finally to happen - maybe I should reconsider. Interesting to hear there should be 3 'last' books.

Could be they do it the German way. The german versions did split the books into smaller pieces and I think there must be at least twice as many or even three times. I think we also have the first 10 German ones - but they surely stop before book 7.

Thod

PS - just checked - as I also found two more German ones. Book 12 (German version) is part 3 of book 5 in the English language.
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A Great new Book revives a Long series.... 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
I started Wheel of Time a couple of years back. I am almost through book 4. I like it so far. I have heard from alot of people that it slows down books 8-10. I heard Jordan's wife was his editor. Maybe that had something to do with it.
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